Australia – Willunga 100
In 2004, industry experts David Gleave MW (MD of Liberty Wines), Michael Hill-Smith MW (Australia’s first MW), and John Ratcliffe (driving force behind the Oddbins retail brand), got together to taste the Australian wines available in the UK. They agreed there was a lack of character and a quality void between the mainstream inexpensive brands and the iconic premium wines of Australia.
Confident that Australia could do better and deliver quality wines showing individuality and great value, Liberty Wines and John Ratcliffe teamed up and founded Willunga 100.
To achieve our vision of quality, individuality and value we source fruit from a range of top quality vineyards in McLaren Vale. We work with old vines and exciting varieties like Grenache and Tempranillo to produce fresh and balanced wines.
The term “HUNDRED” originates from late Saxon and Norman England. It was an administrative unit of government, meaning that 100+ households had to live in the area to qualify for its place on the map. Just as the McLaren Vale district was divided up into “100′s”, or small lots, so we select our fruit from small parcels. Much of our best fruit comes from the area that once was the Hundred of Willunga.